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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Staff Development
  • Lucy Mills
  • 30 Mins
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Skill Level

Trainee / Apprentice


30 Mins


1 Files

Streaming Content

5 Videos


Observations are a fundamental aspect of early years education, offering insights into children's development, interests, and needs. This class aims to delve into various observation methods and their significance in providing tailored support and enriching learning experiences for young learners. Through a series of lessons, participants will explore why observations are vital, different observational techniques, and their practical application in educational settings.

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Lesson Content

1. Why Observations are Important


In the introductory lesson, we delve into the fundamental role of observations in early years education, offering insights into children's development, interests, and needs. We emphasise the significance of observations in tracking developmental progress and informing individualised learning and support. By understanding the rationale behind observations, practitioners can effectively plan activities and continuous provision that cater to each child's unique requirements. We explore how accurate observations facilitate collaboration between practitioners, parents, and external professionals, ultimately enriching children's learning experiences.

2. Let's Talk Narrative Observations


Narrative observation emerges as a prominent method, providing a detailed storytelling approach to documenting children's activities and interactions. Through narrative observations, educators gain a holistic view of children's development, assessing all areas of learning and characteristics of effective learning. This narrative format not only facilitates comprehensive assessment but also fosters engagement with parents and other stakeholders, offering a rich portrayal of children's experiences.

3. Time & Event Sampling Observations


In this lesson, we explore time sample and event sample observations, each offering distinct perspectives on children's focus, attention, and social interactions. By implementing these methods, practitioners can adapt observation intervals and techniques to accommodate individual children's needs, thereby ensuring accurate and meaningful assessment. We discuss practical strategies for conducting time and event sample observations, highlighting their versatility in capturing children's behaviors and interactions over extended periods.

4. Checklist Observations


Checklist observations provide a structured approach to monitoring specific developmental areas, such as cognitive, fine motor skills, and gross motor skills. By regularly assessing progress through checklists, educators can identify support needs and collaborate effectively with other professionals, ensuring comprehensive support for children's development. We explore the flexibility of checklist observations in tracking progress and discuss strategies for adapting checklists to different age groups and developmental stages.

5. The Best Of The Rest


In the final lesson, we examine various alternative observation methods, including "wow" moment observations, video observations, web observations, and tracking. Each method offers unique advantages and challenges, providing practitioners with diverse tools to gather insights into children's learning and behavior. By leveraging these methods appropriately, educators can create a rich tapestry of observations, informing holistic approaches to early years education. We discuss practical considerations for implementing these methods and highlight their significance in providing a comprehensive understanding of children's development.

Meet your teacher

Though still relatively new to the world of early years I can honestly say it's become such a passion and I'm so happy I made the decision to join such a fulfilling and rewarding career. In the rush of our busy daily routines we can sometimes forget how amazing it is to see the young children under our care develop and mature throughout their early childhood. However, it is so important that we get the early childhood education right! That's why I joined the Early Years Network to help and inspire those just like me who work with young children everyday and want to make a difference.

'Learning for a brand new mummy and professional in early years.'

I've recently become a mummy for the first time and just recently gone back to work as a room leader. I was really nervous about feeling left behind and out of the loop, but finding The Early Years Network has given me so many ideas to share with my team and confidence. The bitesize lessons are so easy to dip in and out of, I find myself watching them at the most random moments! I've so far encouraged all my team to sign up and would recommend anyone with young children or works in the industry to get it!

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